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Around The Town With Lou: July 10, 2014

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

The John S. DaVanzo Community Pool is its official name. It bears this name because John is the man chiefly responsible for the facility’s existence. It was he who raised the funds and was the chairman of the pool board. It was fitting that his daughters, Judy and Mary, came to this year’s opening day ceremonies. Mayor Scott Strauss, remembers many happy summers at the pool. The Recreation Department is headed by Marie De Sousa and Dan Kopetic is the director. Jay Monaco is the chairman of the pool board and the other members are Rich Maher, Mary Ann Langone, Pat Strauss, Ken Solosky and me.

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Jim Agnew was riding his bike and he said when he lived in his native Ireland he couldn’t afford a car and used a bike. Now he rides it for fun.

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Third Precinct cop Joe Hughes was keeping the crowd in line when members of Corpus Christi Parish carried the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance around the block.

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Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League, was at Mass that day. He seems like an easygoing Irishman but if he feels that the church is being attacked he gets tough.

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James Petrowski, head usher at the church, worked in the financial department of Winthrop Hospital for 12 years. He lives on Elm Place.

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Dennis and Dorrine Moresso used to live in Mineola but now live in North Carolina. He is in the rug cleaning business.

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Ann Benedict teaches English and literature at Nassau Community College. She resides on Clinton Avenue and has been here for 17 years.

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John Wheeler, of Royal Avenue, works on Wall Street. He was born in the village 48 years ago.

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Custodio Cerqueira is in lawn maintenance. He and Maria come from Albertson.

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Sheila Rettaliata, that lady who can dance and sing so well and owns a company called “Best Foot Forward” says, “I am my business.” She is a cabaret producer and is in charge of entertainment for the Mineola Street Fair.

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Dave Keefe is the president of AARP. Dave taught social studies at Hempstead High. He and Rosemary have a house on Brown Street.

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Frank Syracuse worked for Pan Am. Remember them? Later, he was a code enforcer for the village and then worked at the Wyndham Apartments in Garden City. He and his late wife, Virginia, lived on Wellington Road.

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Pat Tobin, a member of the choir at Corpus Christi, likes to shop at King Kullen.

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Joan McCarthy is a literacy volunteer at our library.

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Eileen Kelly has lived here for 17 years. You can still hear the lilt of County Mayo when she talks. She and Gary live on Roselle Street. They have four kids, Darren, Owen, Ava and Michael.

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We lost a fine man with the death of Bill DaVanzo. A great head of Public Works, a fine trustee and a great friend.

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Jack Farley goes to Nassau Community College, studying communications. He hopes to become a film critic.

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Carmen Lino lives on Washington Avenue. She really enjoys the Mineola Pool.

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John and Alice Squeri have a home on Pershing Parkway. John worked in electronics. He is an usher at Corpus Christi.

News

The Mineola School District Board of Education assessed the district’s performance in recent New York State assessment and Regents testing; performance that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael

Nagler noted was in need of improvement at a July 24 board meeting.

 

Nagler addressed issues that students have been encountering with the recently-mandated state assessments, noting the difference in effectiveness between what he called “formative testing,” or testing on a regular basis, and “summative testing,” which is done annually, typically at the end of the school year.

Five storefronts on Willis Avenue in Williston Park were gutted after a five-alarm fire on Thursday, July 23 at around 2:40 a.m., Williston Park Fire Department officials said. Construction crews could be seen demolishing the row of stores as late as 2 p.m. last Thursday.

 

The fire was under control at around 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, officials noted.

 

Williston Park fire units responded at 2:44 a.m. According to department Chief Gary Smithing, the blaze started in the Village Cobbler Shoe Repair Shop at 617 Willis Ave.


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Mineola Hurricanes 10U offense was too much for L.I. Saints in 14-5 rout on Thursday July 17, at Willis Avenue Field in Mineola. With 11 runs in the first three innings, The Hurricanes left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

 

An RBI triple by Kevin Pusey, a steal of home by Kevin Pusey, and an RBI single by James Raziano during the first inning and an RBI single by Jack Mackay, a three-run triple by T.J. McManus put runs on the board early. 


Calendar

Concert In The Park - August 1

Boot Camp - August 2

Six Gun Concert - August 3


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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